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Study suggests new twist on potential 'sin tax'
Food Product Design
The possibility of a national tax on foods with high sweetener content has been kicked around for several years; however, new research published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy suggests if the goal of a "sin tax" on sweeteners is to reduce calories consumed, lawmakers should consider taxing the ingredients instead of the final product.

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    Industry, governments blast E. coli ban
    Food Production Daily
    U.S. plans to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to six new strains of E. coli have come under fire from industry bodies at home and governments abroad. More
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    Agriculture group wants Japan in Trans-Pacific Partnership
    USAgNet
    A coalition of food and agricultural organizations has urged the Obama administration to work with Japan to smooth the way for that country's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a signatory to the letter referenced in this story.
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    Gingrich emerges as clear front-runner in Iowa
    The Washington Post
    Propelled by his debate performances and the demise of Herman Cain's candidacy, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sits atop the Republican presidential field in Iowa with a clear lead over his closest competitors, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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    Mitt Romney has an Iowa problem
    The Washington Post
    Yes, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is running 15 points behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a new Washington Post-ABC News survey of likely Iowa caucus-goers. But it's not where Romney stands today in the poll that should be so troubling for his campaign. It's that the numbers reveal Romney has a narrow path — at best — to victory in the Jan. 3 caucuses. More
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    Specialty crops gain in farm bill process, insiders report
    Capital Press
    Specialty crops — including fruits, nuts, vegetables and nursery commodities — might have a "significantly improved posture" within the 2012 farm bill, two industry insiders say. More
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    Report: Regulations inadequate for food contact nanomaterial
    Food Production Daily
    A corporate responsibility watchdog group has issued a report asserting U.S. food contact nanomaterial regulations are inadequate to ensure human health and urging food packaging companies to assess the potential risks. More
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    EU votes in favor of Article 13.1 permitted list of health claims
    Food Ingredients First
    The EU's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health yesterday adopted the regulation establishing the permitted list of Article 13.1 claims. Rejected claims will be included as such in the Union Register and forbidden from use after a 6-month transition period.

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    A closer look at antibiotic use in food animals
    Pork Network
    There is no shortage of opinions regarding antibiotic use in food animal production. However, scientific facts are harder to come by. To bridge that gap, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture has released a white paper on the topic.

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    Olive Garden woes prompt Darden to cut forecast
    The Wall Street Journal
    Darden Restaurants Inc. said Tuesday its value-oriented strategy for Olive Garden didn't attract as many customers as expected in the latest quarter, prompting the restaurant operator to forecast downbeat earnings and lower its 2012 guidance. More
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    Kraft hashes out details of split
    The Wall Street Journal
    Kraft Foods Inc. offered fresh details about its four-month-old breakup plan Monday, but some thorny questions remain, including: Does Philadelphia cream cheese belong with snacks or groceries? And how will Planters' trail mixes secure coveted shelf space after the split? More
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    Researchers call for monitoring arsenic levels in rice
    USA Today
    Scientists have known rice takes up more arsenic from soil than other crops, and now a new study is raising concerns about the arsenic levels ingested by women who eat as little as half a cup of cooked rice in a day. More
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    Leucadia National takes control of National Beef
    The Meat Site
    Leucadia National Corp. has entered into a membership interest purchase agreement with National Beef Packing Company and its members to acquire 78.95 percent of National Beef for $867.9 million. More
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    Sara Lee completes $155 million deal with Grupo Bimbo
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Sara Lee completed the $155 million sale of its bakery business on the Iberian Peninsula to Mexico's Grupo Bimbo S.A.B., the company said Monday. More
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    Kraft Foods, R&R Ice Cream reach $1.6 million deal
    Food Manufacture
    Up to $156 million in sales could be generated by a new ice cream partnership between Kraft Foods and R&R Ice Cream, R&R claimed this week. The company is Europe's largest own-label ice cream manufacturer. More
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    Performance Food Group becomes first in US to use DNA-based meat traceability system
    Food Logistics
    Performance Food Group and Kansas-based IdentiGEN have developed the first commercial solution to trace ground meat back to its origins using DNA technology. More
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    Food businessman mulls bid for Arkansas governor post
    The Associated Press via KSPR-TV
    Curtis Coleman, the founder of a food safety company and an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate last year, says he's considering a run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas in 2014. More
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    Packaging can help fight global food loss
    Packaging Digest
    In the context of the Interpack SAVE FOOD campaign, the packaging industry wants to fight food loss more effectively. Simple, decentralized packaging machinery for emerging markets can improve food security, while the "throwaway" mentality in western industrialized nations can be prevented with smart packages. More
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